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Toyota to build fuel-cell plant in U.S.

  • December 1, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 7:44 a.m.
  • English Press

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it will build a large-scale fuel-cell power generation plant and a hydrogen fueling station in California.


The Japanese automaker announced the project at the Los Angeles Auto Show, saying that the facility known as Tri-Gen will be the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel-cell power plant.


Expected to begin operations in 2020, the facility will generate 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day, enough to power the equivalent of about 2,350 homes and nearly 1,500 vehicles, it said in a statement.


The Tri-Gen facility from FuelCell Energy Inc. will convert bio-waste sourced from California farms into hydrogen, electricity and water.


It will provide the power needed at a logistics facility at the Port of Long Beach that processes Toyota vehicles arriving in the United States from Japan, the company said.


“We understand the tremendous potential to reduce emissions,” Doug Murtha, Toyota’s group vice president for strategic planning, said in the statement.


“Tri-Gen is a major step forward for sustainable mobility and a key accomplishment of our 2050 environmental challenge to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from our operations,” he added.

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